It was a simpler time on the Jason Wu runway this season. There was a bigger nod to minimalism and stronger tailoring, with only two looks early into the show featuring silky floral ruffled dresses (looking back they didn’t seem to fit the motif of the show). Ruffles found their way into the show, bouncing around the necklines of cocktail dresses and covering the hems of modern trenches nipped tightly at the waist. Even a python-printed leather look found itself flouncing around. It was more American sportswear than we saw in his last collection, more elegantly tailored, as seemingly more casual to the eye. Although, a few lace adorned pieces could be seen as more avant-garde, which helped elevate the collection to a higher level. When I look back at the collection as a whole, the only word that seems to come to mind is ‘soft’, which is ironic considering my favorite look from the collection is a leather coat-dress which contradicts the meaning of soft right to the core. Check out looks from the show after the jump.
In a glorious change of pace, over a thousand people sauntered onto Pier 26, including eight hundred citizens who were lucky enough to gain access to this normally industry closed show. Designer Riccardo Tisci brought his show to New York this season to celebrate the opening of the brands new flagship store on Madison Avenue (which if you haven’t been to yet, you need to check it out). The runway was littered with what I liked to call underwear as outerwear. A bevy of silky slip dresses and camisoles adorned with strips of lace sauntered down the runway, sitting lightly on top of of wide leg pants and elegantly covered by tuxedo and kimono style jackets. You couldn’t deny the elegance of the event, especially when Tisci introduced a re-interpretation of some of his famed couture creations from over the years, with models faces adorned with intricate metal pieces and lace. While not every soul is going to jump on board with the barely-there pieces, the edgiest of fashions elite will no doubt jump at the chance to rock out in black and white. Check out select images from the show after the jump.